The first batch of over 3,000 pilgrims on Thursday left for the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas amidst tight security from Jammu, an official said.
The batch comprising of 3,157 yatris, including 563 women and 37 children, was flagged off by state Tourism Minister G AMir at Jammu base camp, he said.
The batch left from Yatri Niwas in a fleet of 96 vehicles, including 75 buses and 21 LMVs at around 5:45 AM today amid tight security and in the presence of several civil and police officials.
As per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) only 15,000 yatris will be allowed to move towards the Amarnath cave shrine everyday -- 7,500 from Phelgam and an equal number from Baltal.
Keeping in view the huge influx of unregistered devotees visiting the state, civil administration has set-up spot registration counters at different places.
"However, the spot-registration will be subject to theavailability, as only 15,000 yatris will be allowed for thepilgrimage every day," a tourism official informed.